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Take your mind off elections and other drama with some awesome events! Here are some things to do around Victoria on Thursday, October 22nd.

As you head out to activities and events, please follow the restrictions and guidelines that these businesses require to keep their employees and patrons safe during the pandemic.

As always, wash your hands, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel sick or show symptoms!

Without further ado, here are five things to do today, Thursday, October 22nd:

The High Quadra Ramblers LIVE at Hermann’s

The High Quadra Ramblers are a high-energy banjo-fiddle duo bringing their own twist to Appalachian, Celtic and bluegrass music. The Ramblers are Mack Shields on fiddle and vocals and Kaitlin Chamberlin on banjo, vocals and stepdancing: a powerhouse duo keeping the magic of traditional music alive.
Check out their performance in person or via live stream! Tickets $20 at hermannsjazz.com or at the door.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street

A Reading From the Ether: bill bissett and Christine Walde

bill bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing. bissett has contributed to concrete is porous which is co-curated by Hart Broudy, Brian Dedora, and Daniel F Bradley.

Christine Walde is a writer, artist and librarian whose work combines library and archival research with interests in experimental prose, poetry, visual poetry, performance, and the visual arts. Walde’s latest body of work, In a New Order, is on view in the Victoria Arts Council VAULT as part of concrete is porous.

concrete is porous is designed to be an exploration and celebration of the wide spectrum of visual poetics of newer and older Canadian works to raise an awareness of and act as an introduction to this form of poetics.

The Shining at Cinecenta

Cinecenta Films is division of the non-profit University of Victoria Students’ Society, conceived as an inexpensive alternative for students, the university community and the public at large. Their 300 seat theatre is currently maxed out at 50 people, for a COVID-19 friendly experience. This week, check out Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

  • When: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Cinecenta, 3800 Finnerty Road

2020 Esquimalt Farmers Market Fall Markets

Esquimalt Farmers Market heads into the fall season with a new time and location. For the final eight weeks of the season, you can see local growers and producers with terrific goods and services made with environmentally sound practices. There will be food trucks on hand too!

  • When: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Just outside the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser Street), in the lacrosse box

One-man Frankenstein at Craigdarroch Castle

Victor Frankenstein created a monster. The terror and fear that the monster inspired is legendary. But do you know the real story? Do you dare listen to it in the upper reaches of Craigdarroch Castle on a dark October night?

Actor Jason Stevens makes a rare non-Christmas appearance in the Craigdarroch Castle dance hall with his interpretation of this classic gothic horror story. If you’ve been delighted by Jason’s one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, you won’t want to miss his gripping take on Frankenstein.

Please note: Frankenstein takes place in the Castle’s dance hall, located on the fourth floor (there are 87 steps and no elevator in the Castle).